Plan a Colorful Autumn RV Trip to the Catskills

There is no time like the present to plan an autumn drive through the Catskill Mountains in New York. This is when the foliage is at its peak, during October, and you will have a wonderful opportunity to see some magnificent orange, red and yellow leaves. Route 30 will take you through charming communities and past some great views.

Catskills beyond Hudson

Catskills beyond Hudson

Start your fall journey in an RV from Hancock and begin to explore. You will be driving from close to the border of New York and Pennsylvania to lovely Esperance, New York. Near Hancock you will also find some terrific dining if you wish to eat out, or you can play some golf before you officially start your drive.

After traveling through some quaint hamlets, you will come to the Pepacton Reservoir and finally end up in the small village of Margaretville. In addition to fishing in the reservoir, you can also venture to some of the local lakes, streams and ponds to cast a line and see what trout you can catch.

You may want to turn right onto New York Route 28 to see some other sights. This includes the Delaware and Ulster Railroad in Arkville. The fall foliage season is the perfect time to take this rail ride so you can see the brilliant displays. You may even get to experience an old-time train robbery on your trip. How thrilling would that be?

When you reach Belleayre Mountain you can get in some hiking. This is the best way to see the scenery and get up close and personal to nature’s fall beauty. Although mainly a winter destination for skiing and winter sports, Belleayre is great in the fall too! You can fish here or perhaps get out on the water in a kayak.

More fishing, hiking and golfing await you at Hunter Mountain. And then there is Kaaterskill Falls, a 260-foot cascade in two tiers. Ensure you have your hiking boots ready and take off on the trails which take you to the top of the falls and to the bottom as well.

Back on Route 30 again, you will come to Roxbury. This is the time to visit Roxbury Depot Museum. Get outdoors again and hike the Catskill Scenic Trail. In town there are a number of historic spots to see including the Walter Stratton House. Right in the middle of town is an 11-acre park where you can walk and enjoy the autumn foliage.

As you drive through Schoharie County you will be amazed at the gorgeous colors and sweet fall air. Stop at Mine Kill State Park if you wish to see an incredible sight. A beautiful 80-foot waterfall cascades through a gorge which you can view from a platform overlook. Perhaps you want to try your luck fishing here. There are plenty of trout, bass and walleye in the lower reservoir.

Next stop will be Fulton and the famous Vroman’s Nose. This is an oddly shaped mountain which is ideal for a short hiking excursion. It is only a two-mile trek on a loop trail of moderate difficulty. You will see why the name once you check out the sight from a distance. And once at the top, you’ll understand why the summit has been nicknamed the Dance Floor.

The Old Stone Fort Museum is located in Schoharie and is an important addition to your itinerary. Look for the cannonball hole in the rear of the structure. It came from a fight between Captain Joseph Brant and the British Loyalists. The entire complex offers a taste of history you can get no place else. Check their website before you arrive for hours. They are open in October through the 27th.

One of your last stops will be the Secret Caverns with its amazing underground waterfall. This is 100 feet of tumbling water under the earth, highlighted by the lovely stalactites and stalagmites. Get a guided tour and learn more about this fascinating cavern.

Your fall drive is about to come to an end. It has the final destination of the village of Esperance. Visit the George Landis Arboretum while here and put off your drive home. You can see thousands of trees, shrubs and flowers from all over the world and can hike eight miles of trails through fields, wetlands and woodlands. What a terrific fall experience this trip has been. You will have to come back next year and take in any sights you missed!

Picture credits: The picture of The Catskills from the Hudson  is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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An Autumn RV Trip to Woodstock, New York

An RV trip up through New York State is the ideal way to catch the fall colors. The brilliant reds, golds and oranges elicit all the pleasant memories of fall fun from the time you were a child up to the present. The leaves begin to turn in the middle of September and finish around the end of October. You have plenty of time to plan the perfect getaway.

Looking across the John T. Loughran Bridge into Kingston, NY, USA

Looking across the John T. Loughran Bridge into Kingston, NY, USA

You will see scenic villages and move through countryside bound to take your breath away. Start out in historic Kingston, New York, and discover a wide variety of activities for all ages. The Trolley Museum of New York is a great start for learning some history. The Hudson River Maritime Museum has both indoor and outdoor exhibits that are fun to browse. And don’t neglect the Saugerties Lighthouse on Esopus Creek. That is a quick side-trip north of Kingston.

You will then make your way over to Woodstock, New York where fall means some lovely views and a chance for more great activities. The Catskill Mountains are the main attraction, as nature beckons you into its charms. From Woodstock drive to Willow and be sure to visit the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary on Van Wagner Road.  The rescued animals here are treated with compassion and care. It is a wonderful place to visit.

Continue on! There is more to see. Next you’ll come to Mount Tremper, which lies within Catskill State Park. From here you can take one of the Fall Foliage trains to get some of the best views of the colors.

Phoenicia, New York is just a hop, skip and a jump away and offers all sorts of unique adventures. Shop for special treats to take home to friends and family or take off on a hike through unspoiled forests. You are right in the heart of the Catskills and now is the time to take advantage of your position. Of course, Phoenicia is an artists’ community, so you are sure to see some wonderful artworks by some of the most creative folks around.

You can discover some wonderful RV camping in Phoenicia at the Phoenicia Black Bear Camp & RV on Bridge Street. Located on Esopus Creek, this is a spot where folks stop and gather for more outdoor fun. If you have brought your pet, no worries! They are pet-friendly. You will be able to fish, watch wildlife and go horseback riding nearby.

In town you will want to see the Empire State Railway Museum. The Phoenicia station has been restored and provides the perfect location for the many changing exhibits. Learning about this area’s history is all part of the experience.

Traveling through New York is always fun, but in autumn it is even more exciting because you can enjoy and marvel at the wonderful colors of the leaves as you celebrate another fall. Be sure to stay as long as you can!

Picture credits: The picture of Fall Foliage in Michigan is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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Pure Pleasure with a Montauk Long Island Fall RV Trip

Montauk Point Lighthouse

Montauk Point Lighthouse

Traveling to Long Island and enjoying all the sights and sounds of beautiful Montauk is a great RV vacation idea for the fall season. Although Montauk is mainly considered a beach resort, you will find a lovely place here to enjoy outdoor recreation and fall colors along the south shore of the island.

Luckily, in the autumn, the summer crowds have all gone home, and you will find some real pleasure in a little solitude. The weather isn’t bad, and the peak foliage lasts until around the first week in November.

Don’t miss the seashore, however, by exclusively searching out the fall colors. There are other autumn adventures. The Picture of Montauk Point Lighthouse is a must-see, with amazing views of the coastline and magnificent Atlantic Ocean. This lighthouse is the fourth oldest in the U.S. Climb the 137 steps to the top to take in the view.

You won’t go swimming this time of year but at the Montauk beaches you CAN learn to surf. People come here year round to ride the waves. Additionally, fishing couldn’t be better than during Montauk’s Fall Run, with a frenzy of striped bass just waiting to be reeled in. Get ready to practice your surf casting and make some trophy catches.

Hiking the Montauk wilderness is bound to get you up close and personal with some wonderful fall colors. There are six state parks where you can explore, enjoy the sea coast, wetlands and foliage. The first park to visit is the Hither Hills State Park. You can take to the trails and bridle paths to marvel at the woodlands. Walk the beach and fish. Endless opportunities await you!

Really have an adventure along the shoreline at Shadmoor State Park. There are thousands of feet of beach to wander. Hike along the bluffs and wetlands and watch the birds. The black cherry trees have turned yellow and red and present a gorgeous backdrop. Of course, if you love playing golf, head over to Montauk Downs State Park for 18 holes. You can also play tennis or have breakfast or lunch in the grill room.

Amsterdam Beach Preserve is a wonderful place to spot rare and endangered species in the tidal and freshwater wetlands. You may catch a glimpse of the Cooper’s hawk or a spotted turtle. Next stop? Camp Hero State Park! This is a historical military installation with a whole system of trails for biking, horseback riding and hiking. If you have a fishing permit, you will find this park has some of the best surf fishing spots around.

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Enjoy Autumn Surprises on an RV Excursion to Lake Minnewaska, NY

For an autumn trip that can’t be beat, take your RV up to Ulster County, New York to visit the dramatic landscapes of this amazing state. The beautiful mountain ridge rises 2,000 feet above sea level and provides panoramic views of the rugged terrain. As well, you will see fall colors stretched out before you like you wouldn’t believe.

Travel north from New York City to New Paltz, NY where you should stop awhile on your journey. You will find that October in New Paltz offers a lot of autumn fun for the whole family. The Reformed Church of New Paltz Annual Apple Festival deserves a full day of attention. Here there are delicious apple recipes such as apple fritters, apple pies and apple butter to sample. If you have kids with you, they can have a great time painting pumpkins.

Various fall celebrations take place in New Paltz which make this time of year the best to visit. You can enjoy the Organic Potato Festival or the Harvest Fest in the Village of Highland. In town at Halloween, you can take part in some of the tours of historic (and reportedly haunted) Huguenot Street and see the Halloween Parade along Main Street.

After a lot of family fun, it will be finally time to move on, and you are going to head directly to Minnewaska State Park Preserve. There is so much to do here, like hiking, biking, picnicking and rock climbing. Outstanding views are a major attraction, particularly in the autumn with the trees sporting their colorful leaves of gold, red, orange and yellow. Words are never adequate to describe the views. Find RV camping in the area where you can settle down in the evening before the next day’s adventures.

This preserve on the Shawangunk Ridge offers some of the best hiking, biking and horseback riding along its miles of carriageways and footpaths. With a total of about 60 miles of trails to experience, you’ll find hiking through the forests here to see the best autumn colors can’t be matched. Taking a day hike to the top of Millbrook Mountain will be an adventure you won’t want to pass up. When you get to the lookout point called the Hawk Watch, you will look off into the distance to see the Catskill Mountains and the sweeping views over the Wallkill Valley.

Besides hunting, picnicking and enjoying the many recreational programs, hiking is one of the most popular activities in this State Park Preserve. You can find hiking maps, a ski touring guide and a climbing pamphlet are available online so you can plan your trip in advance. The Awosting Preserve to the west is annexed by the Minnewaska State Park and trails lead into this section for more wilderness thrills. You can bike the carriageways in the park if you prefer that to walking.

Before you leave the area, be sure to visit the nearby Mohonk Preserve, with more fall colors that spread out before you after a short climb. You can take one of the Fall Foliage Hikes and get an interesting lecture about the forest and surrounding points of interest. Also nearby at Sam’s Point Preserve you will enjoy a wide panorama of beauty in the fall when you climb to the top of Shawangunk Ridge.

An RV trip to Lake Minnewaska is one special fall getaway that inspires and relaxes. It’s a time to contemplate the wonders of nature, enjoy fall’s colors and get some time away from the workaday grind.

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An RV Vacation to New York City? You Bet!

New York City Skyline

New York City Skyline

New York City is a great place to visit on an RV vacation. There is so much to see and do in the Big Apple that you will want to allow enough time to take it all in. And it IS possible to find RV campgrounds close to the city. The Black Bear Campground is only an hour away, and here you can relax and enjoy the many amenities. Travel into the city and spend the day exploring and come “home” to prepare for your next adventure.

Without a doubt, you will need to head right for one of the most famous symbols of freedom in our country – the Statue of Liberty.  Hop on the ferry and approach this incredible statue with a reverent attitude. You can get a ranger-guided tour or take a self-guided tour as you explore the grounds.

From 1892 to 1954, Ellis Island was the main station for immigrants coming to America for the opportunity to live free lives. Here you will find the Immigration Museum which sheds light on history in a special way. There were people moving through this building at a rate of 12 thousand individuals daily, and coming from many different countries, including England, Austria, Ireland and many more.

Now may be a good time to go museum-hopping. New York City has a myriad of museums, but there are two you shouldn’t pass up. One, of course, is the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Be sure to see the Rockefeller Collection with the art of Africa and the Americas. European paintings are on the second floor with art of Rembrandt and Van Gogh. The Museum of Modern Art is another must-see with a visitor guide you should definitely pick up from their website before you arrive. Famous paintings abound!

A visit to New York City would not be complete without a stop at Central Park. Located right in the middle of Manhattan, this park is a famous attraction where you can find a particularly nice leisure moment or two. Wander the wooded paths and pretend you are in the country.

Paying tribute to those fallen at the World Trade Center Site is something that visitors to New York make a point to do. Ground Zero is a spot where you will find a moving memorial to the nearly 3,000 people who died here. Walk around the twin reflecting pools and admire the waterfalls. You will see the names of each person who was killed in both the 1993 and 2001 attacks on the Twin Towers inscribed in bronze panels, really bringing home this tragedy.

You will need to divide your trip up, and at some point head back to your RV camping ground to rehash your adventures of the day and get ready for the next day’s sightseeing. It is wonderful to be able to relax with familiar things surrounding you in your RV motorhome. The following day there are so many more sights to see. For instance, when you wish to get a taste of a really unusual site to visit, go to the African Burial Ground. This is a National Historic Landmark where 400 African slaves were buried and left forgotten until in 1991 their coffins were discovered about 20 feet underground. All told, perhaps 15,000 Africans were buried here in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Besides visiting the New York Public Library, you may want to check out Bryant Park right behind the library. In the 1980s it was known as Needle Park, but now offers coffee kiosks, a carousel and many great events. You may get here in time for the Bryant Park Summer Film Festival. Bring wine and cheese and have yourself a picnic.

Love baseball? Well, there is Yankee Stadium that you have to put on your itinerary. You can take an hour-long guided tour and see the dugout, the press box, clubhouse and more. This is a thrill even if you aren’t a sports fan.

Perhaps you have seen all of New York City that you want to on this trip. After all, you could spend a month seeing everything there is to see in this city of over 8 million people. But before you head home, spend an evening at a show at the Radio City Music Hall. You will see the famous acts that you have always hoped to see, but you can also enjoy the newer acts as well, those who may be up and coming stars. Now, satisfied that you have had a taste of just about everything New York has to offer, you can start homeward bound, with plans to return soon again.

The picture of the New York City skyline is by Boularan Cedric. It was submitted to El Monte RV in a photo contest.

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Take a Refreshing Trip to Niagara Falls in Your RV

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

A trip to Niagara Falls isn’t just about seeing the most powerful waterfalls in North America. It is all about a fun-filled vacation, with lots of outdoor activities, entertainment and history. Start out in Buffalo, New York and travel up to Niagara Falls and beyond. You can even go into Canada for that great International experience. And taking an RV on this excursion just adds to the fun.

Your stay in Buffalo will likely require a few extra days tagged on to your vacation time. There is so much to see and do here. One place highly recommended is Delaware Park, where you’ll find two separate lakes, a playground for the kids and a lovely Japanese garden you shouldn’t miss. Discover more things in Buffalo that will give you insight into this wonderful area of New York State. Then, when you can finally pull yourself away, continue on your journey to Big Six Mile Creek Marina State Park. Here you can go boating or fish to your heart’s content. But you won’t want to stay long, since the falls is only a short distance away.

When you reach Niagara Falls, New York, you will absorb some history, enjoy some events and get out into the sun for a wide array of outdoor activities. Niagara Falls has it all. Of course, be sure to stop at Niagara Falls State Park, no matter what time of year you are visiting. You have more than 400 acres to explore and a wide variety of wildlife to see.

While in this intriguing State Park, you won’t want to neglect to see the Cave of the Winds. Feel the rush of the waters of this great falls. The tour is an amazing experience. You can also take a scenic boat tour on a half-hour adventure that will inspire and astonish. The Maid of the Mist Boat Tour requires waterproof clothing. That is how close you get.

Wine trails are another popular attraction at Niagara Falls. The Niagara Wine Trail gives you the opportunity to enjoy many selections of fine wines. This is a surprisingly fertile place with excellent growing conditions. One of the vineyards you will visit on your travels will be the Eveningside Vineyards in Cambria. The European-style wines here can’t be beat.

Certainly you will need a place to park the RV while you go exploring. There are plenty of RV campgrounds in Niagara Falls, including one conveniently located along Route 62 – the Niagara Falls Campground. Free WiFi here is a plus.

You can venture over into Canada and visit Niagara Falls, Ontario for some additional fun. Check out Niagara Botanical Gardens to revel in the amazing scents and sights. Head to the top of the Skylon Tower for some spectacular views.

Back in the U.S., you can head north to Youngstown, New York to visit Old Fort Niagara. Step back in time when you see this National Historic Landmark. The historical collections and exhibits are priceless in adding to your view of our land in days of old. When it is time to end your RV trip and go back home, you will have made some memories that will last a lifetime.

Picture credits: The picture of Niagara Falls is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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A Drive through the Catskills with Your RV

The RV vacation of which dreams are made awaits you in the beautiful Catskill Mountains. Start out your 43-mile drive in Kingston, New York, preferably in the fall, but anytime will do. The autumn colors are particularly wonderful, of course, but the gentle breezes of summer will simply dissipate the cares of the workaday world from which you came.

Route 28 will take you on your special journey. When you come to New York Route 375, you should make a side-trip to the famous town of Woodstock. Whether you were able to attend the 1969 festival of music here or not, this spot is great to browse galleries, take photos of the rural countryside or shop for anything from unique crafts to antiques or rare books.

When you return to Route 28 and continue your scenic drive, you will pass Kenozia Lake. If you are a fisherman, this is the place to go! If you haven’t cast a line in the water for years, now is the time to try again. You’ll catch largemouth or smallmouth bass, crappie, Kenozia Lake Walleye or Catfish. Fish the rocky areas and be sure to make the best of your time here.

If you stop at the Ashokan Reservoir when the water level is low, you will see the visible remnants of towns and villages buried when this body of water came into being. These are underwater ghost towns, with the names of Ashton, Olive Bridge and Glenford.

An unusual sight you won’t want to miss is the Kaatskill Kaleidoscope. In Mount Tremper, this unique entertainment spot is something the whole family will enjoy. Look for the eyes painted on the huge grain silo in town. This is a wonderful place to shop for gifts to take home to family and friends. The 10-minute show itself is mind-boggling, so if you are up for a little boggling of the mind, be sure to attend.

Woodland Valley is the ideal place to find some comfortable RV camping, a home base while you get out into the forested landscapes for some hiking and fishing. Slide Mountain, the tallest in the Catskills, is the perfect place for a trek in New York’s lovely wooded areas. You will notice that as you continue to drive along Route 28, you will see portions of Esopus Creek, a tributary of the Hudson River. Wildlife love this area to feed, so you should have your camera ready at all times. Discover some amazing fishing here too, with plenty of wild trout.

When you have the chance for a short detour, take Route 42 to Belleayre Mountain Ski Center. Here you’ll find lots of things to do even in the summer. You can swim, play horseshoes, row a boat or hike to see panoramic mountain views.

Your special RV trip will end at Margaretville. Cross the Delaware River before turning back towards home. You have just finished a Catskills vacation, one you will remember for a long time to come.

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Enjoy an RV Vacation in the Lush Landscapes of Lake Placid, New York

Lake Placid, New York

Lake Placid, New York

Forest vistas, quaint towns, recreational adventures and more await you on an exciting RV vacation to Lake Placid in New York State. Set amidst the beautiful scenery of the Adirondack Mountains, this getaway spot is one of the prime vacation destinations when visiting the state. And getting there can be half the fun!

To reach Lake Placid from Massachusetts, you will take Interstate 90 out of Boston to get on the Adirondack Northway (or Interstate 87). Here is where the fun begins. Although you may feel you should just pass through Albany, it might be good to note that this is the home of the rare Karner Blue Butterfly. You can stop at the Pine Barrens to see if you can catch a glimpse. You may see this small one-inch butterfly flitting from flower to flower and have the opportunity for some photos.

Continuing on and traveling north on Interstate 87, you’ll come to Clifton Park, with lots of places to stock up on supplies. When you reach Glen Falls, no matter the time of year, you can find some farm-fresh foods at the Glens Falls Farmers Market. In the evening, you can take in a concert or sports event at the Civic Center. Familiar with the classic novels of James Fennimore Cooper? Visit Coopers Cave Bridge and the cave underneath that was the inspiration for a scene in “Last of the Mohicans.”

Recreation doesn’t get much better than at Lake George. This fresh water lake is known for its fine trout. If you are up for more thrilling adventures, you can get out on any of the nearby rivers and engage in whitewater rafting.

If you enjoyed Coopers Cave, you will also want to stop in Pottersville to see the Stone Bridge and Caves, offering dramatic Adirondack geology to those who dare to take the self-guided nature trails and eventually descend into the caves. Just north is Schroon Lake, with plenty of family activities.

Now you carry on up the Adirondack Northway to Underwood. Here you’ll take US Highway 73 to Lake Placid. This is your destination at last! It is also a hikers paradise. Hike along the mountain trails and unwind from the workaday world. Be sure to put Highfalls Gorge on your itinerary, as you don’t want to miss this spectacular 700-foot cascade.

Nearby are other attractions that you will want to add to your list of must-see sights. The Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake is one to put on this important list. All year round, the Pendragon Theatre will provide a break where you can sit and see professional theatre, entertainment and other special events.

Lake Placid, besides being an outdoor lover’s dream, also has many sporting events and traditional activities that are a pleasure to experience for all ages. You can spend the perfect RV vacation in the Adirondack Mountains, either relaxing or filling your days with many different and unique adventures. It all may seem almost as if you are in a dream, one from which you don’t want to wake up.

Picture credits: The picture of the Lake at Lake Placid is from Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

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RV Camping – The Hunter’s Best Lodging Option

Whether you spend hunting season up a tree in a deer stand or tucked into a duck blind sipping coffee, a comfortable place to call home at night is essential. If you’re planning to travel in search of game this year, why not consider comfortable, affordable RV camping close to the action? Let’s see what RV campgrounds around the US are offering hunters this year:

Twin Creeks Campground in Buffalo, Wyoming features game racks, a hunters’ lounge and quality campsites close to Big Horn National Forest. That’s where hunters will find pronghorn antelope, wild turkey, elk, moose and deer in abundance. If you’re heading for the Big Horn Mountains this year to hunt, reserve your campsite in Buffalo before you go.

Hunting in Colorado this season? Mt Princeton RV Park in Buena Vista really caters to hunters, with space to process and hang game and affordable campsites every hunting season. A couple of hours south of El Monte RV Rentals in Denver, it’s a prime spot to set up camp while hunting elk and mountain goats in the Buena Vista area.

The Lincoln National Forest from Crest Trail

The Lincoln National Forest from Crest Trail

Big game hunters will find state-managed hunting right next door to the RV campsites at Gillespie Ranch RV Park in Mayhill, NM. Elk, deer and wild hogs are just three of the big game species found regularly near the campground. You’ll find this first-rate hunters’ campground four hours south of Albuquerque in the heart of Lincoln National Forest.

If you’re headed for Oklahoma’s Kiamichi Mountains this hunting season, book your campsite now at Honobia Creek Store and RV Park. About three hours north of McKinney, TX El Monte RV Rentals, this RV campground hits the bulls eye for excellent wilderness hunting accommodations. Wild hog hunting is popular in this southwestern Oklahoma region, so ask the RV park owners to schedule a guided hunt. Keep an eye out for Bigfoot!

One more premier hunting and RV camping experience can be found on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula at Sherman’s Resort on South Manistique Lake. Not only do they offer first-rate RV camping amenities, they also have a guide service for hunters hoping to find black bear or white-tail deer. Duck hunting is another star attraction for this area, so be sure to reserve your campsite early.

Haven’t hit your style of hunting with our suggestions? No worries – any style hunting expedition is made easier with deluxe RV accommodations. Pick your favorite hunting spot this season and then contact us to book your RV rental. We look forward to helping make your hunting trips memorable!

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RV Trip to Find Lake Ontario Lighthouses

Whether you’re reading this post on a balmy Spring day or on a day best spent indoors, it’s time to start planning this year’s RV camping trips. May we make a suggestion for something out of the ordinary? Why not go in search of the many lighthouses that ring Lake Ontario, and enjoy some RV camping along the way?

Because we know we just lit a spark in the hearts of lighthouse fans, we’ve put together some facts about Lake Ontario lighthouses and the RV camping available nearby. Our Lake Ontario lighthouse travelogue follows the New York shoreline, traveling northeast from Fort Niagara.

Niagara Falls Area

Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse

Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse

While visiting lighthouses near Niagara Falls, you’ll find convenient RV camping at Four Mile Creek State Park. Because this park is adjacent to Fort Niagara State Park, you’ll also be close to our first Lake Ontario lighthouse, part of Old Fort Niagara State Historic Site. Take time to enjoy this nicely-preserved fort, as well as the lighthouse that was decommissioned in 1975.

Just up the shoreline in Golden Hill State Park, be sure to visit the Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse, built in the 1870s. Traveling east on Lake Ontario State Parkway, you’ll also see Braddock Point Lighthouse, which is now a privately owned bed & breakfast.

Just down the road near Rochester, NY, picturesque Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse is open for tours May to November. Camp at gorgeous Webster Park campground in Rochester, where you can hike, fish from the pier and enjoy stunning Lake Ontario views.

Rochester East to Cape Vincent
Continue east from Rochester along Hwy 104 to Sodus Bay, where two lighthouses stand guard. Tour Sodus Point Light, where you will also have a view of Sodus Outer Lighthouse, way out at the end of a pier.

From Sodus Bay, travel east to the H. Lee White Marine Museum in Oswego, NY for a fascinating trip into maritime history and a view of the Oswego West Pierhead Light. While in Oswego, take in a delightful sunset on the shores of Lake Ontario at Sunset RV Park.

Don’t leave the area without a trip to where the Salmon River meets the Lake at Selkirk. That’s where you’ll find Salmon River Lighthouse Marina, home to historic Selkirk Lighthouse.

Thousand Islands/St. Lawrence River Area
It’s a fast one hour trip along the lakeshore on NY-104 and NY-3E to where Lake Ontario meets the St. Lawrence River. Along the way, you’ll see signs that lighthouses man the shoreline at Horse Island, Galloo Island and East Charity Shoal on Henderson Bay, but they can only be viewed from the air or by boat. If you’re hoping for easier access to historic lighthouses, stop to view the small breakwater tower at Cape Vincent, as well as beautiful Tibbetts Point Lighthouse in the same town.

The Thousand Islands Area within the St. Lawrence River is home to our last group of Lake Ontario lights. The best way to see these lights is from one of the charter boat tours operating out of Alexandria Bay. Plan to see Rock Island Light, Sunken Rock Lighthouse, Sisters Island Lighthouse and Crossover Island Light. For a view of one more area lighthouse, travel upriver on NY-12 then NY-37 to Ogdensburg. A riverside park there gives views of the Ogdensburg Harbor Light. To help you make reservations for camping along the St. Lawrence, here’s a well-written guide to Thousand Islands area campgrounds.

Beginning to see the light about the joys of RV camping as you go in search of Lake Ontario lighthouses? It’s a fascinating way to spend your next motorhome camping trip, so don’t wait to start planning your Lake Ontario itinerary.

Photo credits: The picture of the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse is by Matthew D. Wilson from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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